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The week ahead


19 July Airport. This week: A smudge is found on the mirror in the ladies washroom. Protective gloves arrive for those emptying dustbins in the departure lounge. Panic as the dill pickle runs out at the burger bar.

Those with a portion of brain available at the start of the programme will have been completely relieved of cerebral matter by the end. It is now safe to watch Eastenders.

BBC 1, 8pm

21 July How did they build that? :

Foundations. Some structures stand up despite the laws of gravity. The programme looks at what stops them falling over. A feast of bread and butter civil engineering, readers.

Discovery Channel, 2pm

21 July The Asphalt Jungle. Sterling Hayden stars as the specifier faced with an impossibly diverse range of roof coverings for a garden shed building programme in Detroit. An early role for Marilyn Monroe as his secretary who suggests the future of shed roofing lies in solar power and other sustainable solutions.

TCM Channel, 10.55pm

21 July Archive hour: Thou art awful but I like thee. Many regard the Carry On films as the epitome of bawdy humour and the double entendre. But way back there was Chaucer and more recently McGill's postcards. Such humour seems to have survived the rough ride given it by the thought police in the 1980's and has even outlived the wearisome 'right on' comedy expounded by the likes of Ben Elton. And the moral? Smut will always be more popular than dogma. Tim Brooke Taylor presents.

BBC Radio 4, 8pm

23 July Raised from the deep. Follows the salvage operation to rescue the wreck of U-534, a German submarine sunk by allied forces.

Unusually the vessel is raised in its entirety, watched by surviving crew members and those who helped sink it. Up periscope!

Channel 4, 8pm

25 July Frontiers of construction. The 0resund Link. The innovation in construction programme looks at the building of a fixed link between Malmo in Sweden and Copenhagen in Denmark. A fixed link being a cross between and a bridge and a tunnel. But I suppose you already knew that.

Discovery Channel, 2pm

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